The post graduate teaching programmes were initiated by DBT in 1985 in six universities in close collaboration with University Grants Commission, ICAR and Department of Ocean Development. These programmes were conceived as collaborative, inter-departmental, inter institutional programme and initiated on the basis of core strength in the area in terms of faculty expertise, infrastructural facilities, R&D grants on competitive funding basis, nearby institutions engaged in biotechnology R&D. These programmes played a catalytic role and inspired other institutes to initiate these programme on their own. Liberal grants were provided for establishment of specialised laboratory infrastructure, equipment, recurring grants for consumables, studentship, books and journals, travel, visiting faculty, contingency, thesis grant etc. India is a vast country and keeping in mind the demand for trained manpower, these programmes have been expanded in general biotechnology as well as area specific expansion in neuroscience, human genetics, medical, agricultural, marine, veterinary and industrial biotechnology to cover 70 universities.
To provide All–India representation, maintain uniformity and ensure selection of quality students, admission is done through Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by JawaharlalNehruUniversity at 70 centres all over the country. Admission to other universities or IITs are made through joint entrance test conducted by IIT or tests conducted by respective universities. The selection is very stringent and all selected students are paid studentship.
Model course curricula have been developed by Department of Biotechnology through a consultative process to maintain uniformity and ensure minimum standard of education. The curriculum revision exercise is undertaken periodically to incorporate the latest developments and to rationalise the disparities in theoretical and practical training. In order to match the course contents with the upcoming trends, model curriculum for ten PG courses have been developed during 11th Plan. Model course curriculum is available
Six months in-house dissertation is mandatory for all the students admitted in DBT supported teaching program (M.Sc./M.Tech/M.VSc).
To ensure uniform standard of teaching , these teaching programs are periodically reviewed by in-house advisory committees comprising of outside experts from teaching institutions and industries, annual meetings of course coordinators of all participating universities as well as DBT HRD Task Force.
Feedback mechanism is an essential component for implementation and management of quality education and training programme. Department of Biotechnology has supported a programme for developing an online feedback system by postgraduate students about quality of teaching programme. Students can provide their feedback from academic session i.e., 2014-15.
Details of on-going teaching programmes The following are the ongoing post-graduate teaching courses in universities/institutes:
1 P.G. Diploma in Molecular and Biochemical Technology
Contact Person for Common Entrance Test conducted by JNU (JNU-CET):
Coordinator (Evaluation) Academic
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Ph. No. 26742616